Peter A Allard School of Law

Dr. Ayesha S. Chaudhry - 2023-2024 Law at UBC Distinguished Speaker Series

Event Description

This talk will meditate on the relationship between narrative and religious law, exploring how the stories we hear and tell shape our understanding of what is good and right, and what law is and should be. Specifically, this talk will focus on questions of ritual purity, examining how ideas about women’s ritual purity are related to their ritual authority. 


Ayesha Chaudhry

Ayesha S. Chaudhry is the Canada Research Chair in Religion, Law and Social Justice and Professor of Islamic studies and Gender studies at the University of British Columbia. She is a Member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada. She has held fellowships at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study at UBC, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She is the author of The Colour of God (Oneworld and HarperCollins India, 2021) and Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition: Ethics, Law, and the Muslim Discourse on Gender (Oxford University Press, 2014). Dr. Chaudhry is currently working on a lyric biography of ‘A’isha bint Abu Bakr entitled The Little Red One




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